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In this unfiltered podcast about infertility, Brooklyn-based journalist and mom-of-two Ali Prato, who went through secondary infertility and IVF herself, talks to women—and some men—about the messy, frustrating, painful, heartbreaking, absurd and sometimes hilarious journey to have a baby. Or in some cases, to not have a baby. Each episode tells a different story about family building, getting real about miscarriages, egg freezing, sperm and egg donation, IUIs, endometriosis, male factor infertility, adoption, surrogacy, genetic testing, single parenting by choice, LGBTQ+ fertility, living childless not by choice, depression, relationship issues, money issues, jealousy, PTSD, and so much more. Ali covers all of the outcomes in this safe, non-judgement zone: the happy endings, the soul-crushingly sad ones, and the ones still in limbo.

Infertile AF Alison Prato

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 21 Ratings

In this unfiltered podcast about infertility, Brooklyn-based journalist and mom-of-two Ali Prato, who went through secondary infertility and IVF herself, talks to women—and some men—about the messy, frustrating, painful, heartbreaking, absurd and sometimes hilarious journey to have a baby. Or in some cases, to not have a baby. Each episode tells a different story about family building, getting real about miscarriages, egg freezing, sperm and egg donation, IUIs, endometriosis, male factor infertility, adoption, surrogacy, genetic testing, single parenting by choice, LGBTQ+ fertility, living childless not by choice, depression, relationship issues, money issues, jealousy, PTSD, and so much more. Ali covers all of the outcomes in this safe, non-judgement zone: the happy endings, the soul-crushingly sad ones, and the ones still in limbo.

    Amanda Knox

    Amanda Knox

    Welcome to the Season Four Premiere! Today, Ali is talking to Amanda Knox, who, as many of you know, is the American who spent almost four years in an Italian prison following her wrongful conviction of the 2007 murder of Meredith Kercher, a fellow exchange student with whom she shared an apartment. In 2015, Knox was definitively acquitted by the Italian Supreme Court of Cassation, and today, she is a mother to her baby girl, Eureka, a journalist, and the host of her own podcast, Labyrinths. 

    And just so you know, this is not a podcast about the aforementioned. Today, Ali and Amanda are talking about Amanda’s own fertility journey, her devastating miscarriage, becoming a mother after loss, the criminal justice system's effect on family building, and the advocacy work she is doing today for wrongfully convincted women (and men) everywhere. 

    They also talk about Amanda's four years in prison, and how she was terrified she would never become a mother, even comtemplating suicide. Also covered: How Amanda found love after being "vilified in the press," the anxiety of pregnancy after miscarraige, and how, during her third trimester, she thought she was going to die. 

    For more on the work that Amanda is doing, check out sentencingproject.org and her podcast, Labyrinths. 

    TOPICS DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE:
    Miscarriage; infertilty; the criminal justice system; wrongful convictions; advocacy work; anxiety and grief; pregnancy after infertility and loss; marriage; trauma. 

    EPISODE SPONSORS:
    FERTILITY RALLY, @fertilityrally
    No one should go through infertility alone. Join the Worst Club with the Best Members at www.fertilityrally.com. We offer support groups, private Facebook groups, curated events, and an entire of more than 300 women available to support you, no matter where you are in your journey. Doors open the 1st of every month. See more on our IG @fertilityrally

    MY VITRO
    MyVitro has everything you need to get your meds stored safely and organized so you feel confident and in control of your IVF cycle. Use code INFERTILEAF at myvitro.com to get 10% off MyVitro products.

    KNOWELL
    Fertility, PMS symptoms, cycle regulation, mood, metabolism, skin and hair health are all dictated by hormone balance. Knowell’s daily supplement provides the nutrition support you need to feel your best. Use code IAFKNOWELL for 10% off at KNOWELL.COM

    VERACITY
    Veracity is a totally new type of skincare brand that is revolutionizing the way we approach caring for our skin. Use code INFERTILEAF20 for 20% off at veracityselfcare.com.

    FAMLEE
    Famlee is the first and only 50-state fertility telehealth company with at-home hormone labs, 1:1 online clinical visits, and treatment and medications sent straight to your front door. Find out more and use code INFERTILEAF25 at famlee.com/getthekit for 25% OFF.

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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Chelsea F.

    Chelsea F.

    Chelsea and her wife have been trying to grow their family since January 2020. LIke so many others, they were derailed by COVID, and today, she tells Ali all about the rest of her story, including seven failed IUIs, being diagnosed with unexplained infertility, and their first failed round of IVF. She also talks about using three different sperm donors because there was a donor sperm shortage in 2020--and the first two we chose ran out of vials. After their second round of IVF, Chelsea is now pregnant--and she discusses their future plans, as well as the anxiety that comes along with pregnancy after infertility. 

    TOPICS DISCUSSED IN THIS EPISODE:
    Infertility; same sex couples; same sex family building; IUI; IVF; donor sperm; unexplained infertility; failed transfers; anxiety; pregnancy after infertility and loss; two moms. 

    EPISODE SPONSORS:
    FERTILITY RALLY, @fertilityrally
    No one should go through infertility alone. Join the Worst Club with the Best Members at www.fertilityrally.com. We offer support groups, private Facebook groups, curated events, and an entire of more than 300 women available to support you, no matter where you are in your journey. Doors open the 1st of every month. See more on our IG @fertilityrally

    BELI @beli.baby
    Beli is formulated with the right nutrients to help boost your fertility, increase egg quality and support IVF to increase your chances of conception and a healthy pregnancy. To get started with Beli, go to belibaby.com and use code ALI15 for 15% off your first month of either Beli Women or Beli Men.

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    • 37 min
    Christa K.

    Christa K.

    Today's story talks about stillbirth. It's not an easy one, but it's real. And Ali is forever grateful to her guest, Christa, for sharing her first hand experience with infertility, IVF, and the devastating loss of their son, Zeke, who was born still at 27 weeks. Christa, a nurse, talks about how finding out that she and her husband were both genetic carriers for the same disorder, congenital adrenal hyperplasia, a hormone disorder, "rocked her world," how IVF was twice as expensive as she was expecting, and the toll fertility and other things took on her marriage. She also talks about the anxiety of pregnancy after infertility, "always waiting for the other shoe to drop," and the worst day of her life, when she had to deliver her stillborn son. She also gives tips on what to do if you know someone who's gone through stillbirth or infant death. 

    TOPICS COVERED IN THIS EPISODE:
    Infertility; IVF; financial difficulties; infertility trauma; guilt and anxiety; pregnancy after infertility; stillbirths; grieving the loss of a baby. 

    EPISODE SPONSORS:
    FERTILITY RALLY, @fertilityrally
    No one should go through infertility alone. Join the Worst Club with the Best Members at www.fertilityrally.com. We offer support groups, private Facebook groups, curated events, and an entire of more than 300 women available to support you, no matter where you are in your journey. Doors open the 1st of every month. See more on our IG @fertilityrally

    BELI @beli.baby
    Beli is formulated with the right nutrients to help boost your fertility, increase egg quality and support IVF to increase your chances of conception and a healthy pregnancy. To get started with Beli, go to belibaby.com and use code ALI15 for 15% off your first month of either Beli Women or Beli Men.

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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Marly

    Marly

    Today, Ali talks to licensed individual and couples therapist Marly Steinman about her four-year-long infertility journey, including many early losses, an egg quality issue, anxiety, and a lot of guilt. She talks about "sobbing eyes out in the bathroom" while giving herself a shot at a baby shower, financial frustrations, and feeling like it was her fault because her body "wasn't working." She also talks about her own surrogacy journey, welcoming her twins, Jack & Celine, via surrogacy in 2019, and why today, her work includes helping other intended parents navigate their own journeys through surrogacy. 
    MORE ABOUT MARLY:
    As a licensed marriage & family therapist of 12 years, specializing in fertility issues, Marly decided to use her experience to help other parents navigate what felt like an impossible and uncertain process.
    As a surrogacy consultant, Marly’s ambition is to help make parenthood possible for all. From helping you find the right surrogate and or donor, to building a team around you, and guiding you every step of the way, her goal is to facilitate the surrogacy journey, so intended parents can leave the stress behind and focus on what truly matters, growing their family.
    See more at www.surrogacybymarly.com. 
    TOPICS COVERED IN THIS EPISODE:
    Infertility; infertility trauma; poor egg quality; miscarriage and loss; surrogacy; financial issues; the power of community; marital issues; guilt and anxiety; twins. 

    EPISODE SPONSORS:
    FERTILITY RALLY, @fertilityrally
    No one should go through infertility alone. Join the Worst Club with the Best Members at www.fertilityrally.com. Doors open the 1st of every month. See more on our IG @fertilityrally

    VIOS Fertility Institute, @viosfertility
    Vios is a different fertility clinic experience built on a foundation of patient-centered care, evidence-based medicine, and innovative technology. With clinic locations throughout Chicago, Milwaukee, and St. Louis, the Vios Fertility Institute team understands the challenges of infertility. To learn more about Vios Fertility Institute and schedule your first appointment, visit ViosFertility.com.

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    • 59 min
    Aaron & MJ

    Aaron & MJ

    Today, Ali talks Aaron and MJ, who are married and also co-authored the book, "Men and Miscarriage: A Dad's Guide to Grief, Relationships and Healing After Loss." Aaron and MJ get allll into it, including how men don't know how to express their feelings around miscarriage, infertility and loss; their devastating loss of a baby at almost 17 weeks due to Sirenomelia, also known as mermaid syndrome; and how, when they went to terminate the pregnancy for medical reasons, they were faced with very outspoken anti-choice protestors. They also talk about the PTSD of infertility, their five or six total losses, and how they feel today, with three healthy boys. 

    Topics covered in this episode:
    Infertility; marital issues surrounding loss, grief and infertility: Sirenomelia or mermaid syndrome; termination for medical reasons or TFMR; miscarriage; recurrent miscarriage, recurrent pregnancy loss; PTSD; Chron's Disease; fertility support. 

    Episode sponsors: 
    FERTILITY RALLY @fertilityrally
    No one should go through infertility alone. Join the Worst Club with the Best Members at www.fertilityrally.com. Doors open the 1st of every month. See more on our IG @fertilityrally

    BELI @beli.baby
    Beli is formulated with the right nutrients to help boost your fertility, increase egg quality and support IVF to increase your chances of conception and a healthy pregnancy. To get started with Beli, go to belibaby.com and use code ALI15 for 15% off your first month of either Beli Women or Beli Men.

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    • 52 min
    Sheinelle

    Sheinelle

    Today, Ali talks to the Today Show's Sheinelle Jones about her own fertility journey and her devastating miscarriage—and her new documentary, "The Stories We Tell: The Fertility Secret," which airs tonight on MSNBC. 

    Episode sponsors: 
    FERTILITY RALLY @fertilityrally
    No one should go through infertility alone. Join the Worst Club with the Best Members at www.fertilityrally.com. Doors open the 1st of every month. See more on our IG @fertilityrally

    PREMAMA
    Premama creates doctor-backed supplements that support every stage of your maternity wellness journey. Premama Fertility support for Her is the #1 selling over the counter fertility supplement for women trying to conceive. All Premama supplements are gluten-free, non-GMO, vegan or vegetarian, with no additives and no synthetic flavors. Discover why moms (and dads-to-be!) trust Premama wellness for their nutritional support from preconception to postpartum by visiting Premamawellness.com. You can get your first month supply free when you subscribe to any Premama product for a limited time!

    PROOV
    Proov’s Predict and Confirm kit allows women to predict ovulation and confirm high quality ovulation to help them get pregnant faster. And now, the free Proov Insight app takes your hormone knowledge one step further by providing numeric hormone levels, info about what they mean, and personalized action plans to help you reach your fertility goals faster! Proov also offers an entire suite of at-home hormone tests and hormone supporting products to empower you with the right information on your journey. Go to proovtest.com, enter the code ALI25, and you’ll get 25% off your first order of a Predict & Confirm kit, Confirm PdG tests, Balancing Oil and Luteal Love.

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    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
21 Ratings

21 Ratings

Jacmiss82 ,

Highly Recommend

Ali keeps it real and every week she shares such interesting stories and perspectives! I look forward to hearing all of the questions she asks and from all of her unique guests. She has created a special community and I highly recommend her podcast.

Dieselferreira ,

Thank you

I have been struggling with intake over 7 years and this is the best podcast to help along the way. I love hearing the stories gives me hope and inspiration ❤️

Dr. Mary Sawdon ,

Uplifting

I love listening to the different stories of how different women (and men) navigate infertility. Totally recommend!

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